JOURNAL ARTICLE ASSISTANCE
We can help you prepare a clear set of goals and target journals to help you begin publishing your work. Our process to develop your publication plan consists of three steps:
- In-depth analysis of your dissertation: In this step, we’ll first identify threads that run through the different parts of your dissertation, particularly the problem statement, research questions and hypotheses, literature review, methodology, data analysis, results, and discussion. In so doing, we will group information by theme to determine how many cohesive “wholes” we can compose from the single, larger “whole” of your dissertation.
- Identification of sources: Here, we’ll take the many cohesive “wholes” that we compose through the analysis of your dissertation and use them to survey and develop a list of sources where your work may be able to be published. We’ll also take into account your goals for the possible future direction of your research and any “big name” journals you’d like to explore as a potential home for your work. This will allow us to determine a “short list” of perhaps two or three prospective publications to target with the results of our work from step one.
- Rhetorical analysis of exemplar articles: In this final step, we’ll examine the archives of each publication to identify articles that resemble yours in terms of topic and methodological approach. In addition, we’ll identify a number of articles from more recent volumes and issues that are representative of the work the journals and magazines publish today. After identifying those articles, we conduct a thorough rhetorical analysis of each, making determinations about purpose and audience, which will allow us to determine such things as how to “get in” to your dissertation research in article format, what knowledge can be assumed to be known by the reader, and what must be explained (and exactly how much and in what ways).
After presenting you with our findings, we then consult with you to determine how you’d like to proceed. Our search might result in a number of ideal publications for your research, and we can then turn to the manuscript itself to frame your study for review and publication. Selecting an appropriate journal would be the first key step, and we could assist you in this by sharing a list of 4-5 peer-reviewed journals that are a promising fit for your study.